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When Donald Trump first started campaigning for President, we all laughed. My 7-year old brother even perfected a hilarious impersonation of the Donald based on Trump's many speeches about his beautiful border wall.

But now that Trump is the Republican nominee, we are more worried than amused. My little brother even asked my immigrant parents whether Trump would deport us to Mexico or Ireland! 

I am far too young to vote and am glad Paulina and I can go to Nevada and try to make a difference there. 

I am excited to help elect our country's first female president, Hillary Clinton. Paulina and I researched both candidates' positions on several issues we care about and it reinforced our commitment to help Clinton win. 


Here's what we found in our research:


1) Who is their running mate?
Trump                                        Clinton      
Mike Pence                                 Tim Kaine

2) What job did they have right before running in the elecion?

Trump                                        Clinton 
Founder of Trump Enterprise     Secretary of State

3) In the following section you will see a list stating the candidate's political views on each matter.

Women's Right to Choose  

Trump                                        Clinton
Strongly disagrees                      Strongly supports

Same Sex Marriage

Trump                                        Clinton
Just okay with it                         Strongly supports

Climate Change

 Trump                                        Clinton
Non-believer                               Believes in science

Gun Ownership

 Trump                                        Clinton
No control over guns                   Should be limited

Obama Care

 Trump                                        Clinton
Abolish Obama Care                   Keep but make changes

Green Energy as Priority

  Trump                                        Clinton
Stronly disagrees                          Strongly agrees

More Taxes on the Wealthy

 Trump                                        Clinton
Strongly disagrees                       Strongly agrees

Privitize Social Security

 Trump                                        Clinton
Strongly agrees                          Strongly disagrees

Pathway to Citizenship

Trump                                        Clinton
Strongly disagrees                       Strongly agrees

Voter Registration Simplicity

Trump                                        Clinton
Just okay with it                           Strongly agrees

Hiring Women in Minorities

Trump                                        Clinton
Disagrees                                     Strongly agrees

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